Hippocrates Cheng (b. 1994)
Composer, Overtone Singer and Pianist
Hippocrates CHENG graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University where he studied Music Composition with Dr. Coleman. His compositions cover a broad spectrum, ranging from instrumental to scores for large-scale multimedia productions. His works have been performed around the world such as Vienna, Mexico, Macau and Shenzhen. In 2018, with the support from Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund’s full scholarship, he finished his Master’s degree in Music Composition at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with excellent performance. He studies with Prof. Mak and Dr. Cheung at the Academy.
In 2016, his ‘Fragment’ was selected by Ablaze Records for the inclusion of the SINFONIA Series CD album. Also, in 2016 and 2017, his ‘Gather and Scatter’ and ‘The Walled City‘ for Chinese orchestra was premiered and performed by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in their ‘Music from the Heart’ concerts. His ‘Clamor’ for saxophone octet won third prize in the New Generation 2016 contest organized by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild and RTHK. Cheng’s ‘Fission’ for flute, clarinet and piano was premiered at the Hong Kong Vienna Music Festival in Vienna. His electronic music, ‘Time and Earth’, was selected and broadcast by MUSLAB. In 2016, he was appointed as the commissioned composer by Musicus Society. He was the artistic director and composer of the first Academy Festival: School of Music multimedia production, ‘The Cityscape’. ‘The Cityscape’ also awarded the School of Music prize for ‘The best interdisciplinary project 2016-2017’. Recently in 2018, he becomes artistic director and composer of the ‘The Cityscape II’, which includes three events: ‘The City Art Exhibition’, a collaborative artwork showcase by Academy student artists and Hong Kong artists; ‘The CITYsoundSCAPE’, a sound, visual and space experience; ‘The Cityscape II’, a music-drama multimedia performance.
Cheng is also a pianist and overtone singer. He was awarded an FTCL diploma in piano recital in 2016, and one of the winners of RTHK Young Music Makers 2017 with his overtone singing. He was a teaching assistant at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
He is the founder, artistic director and composer of ‘The World Music Ensemble (TWME)’ which consists of different instrumentalists and singers from different music culture and background. Members include Chinese, Cantonese opera, Western, and different ethnic instruments musicians. TWME aims to promote different kinds of music such as Chinese classical, Cantonese Opera, Western classical and contemporary and especially ‘world’ music to the audience. TWME hopes to encourage the local art creation and keep giving concert and performance workshop to the general public.
For his overtone singing: http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/contrapuntal-overtone/
Prologue (2017), for Singing Bowls
Within the Embouchure (2019), for Jaw Harp
Fingertips (2019), for Thumb Piano
Granville Bantock/Hippocrates Cheng
Tunes from Different Countries (2019), for Melodica
from “100 Folksongs of All Nation”
Traditional Japanese/Hippocrates Cheng
さくら さくら (Sakura Sakura) (2018), for Taishōgoto (大正琴)
Traditional Anglo-American/Hippocrates Cheng
Amazing Grace (2017), for Overtone Singing
The Voice of the City (2017), for Overtone Singing
The Ancient Voice No. 5 (2018), for Overtone Singing and Taishōgoto
Musica Del Cuore (2019), for Piano
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